Autumn Term 2017 (Second Half)
It was lovely to see so many of you join us in school for our creative craft event. As a staff we were overwhelmed by the support you gave to this event. There were so many amazing T. Shirts painted on the day. A collection of photos will be placed on the Latest News section of the school website and a display will be in the school corridor, we look forward to opening the doors again for future events. All of the children looked super for Children in Need on Friday, more photos also on the latest news section of the website.
It has been another busy week at Waverley. It has been Book Fair all week, Year 5 and 6 have been to Darlington Railway Museum and we have had school photographs. I have had lots of visitors to my office from year 4 poetry, year 3 dialogue writing for Beowulf, year 5 fronted adverbials to an amazing writing effort from a nursery pupil to a first ever trampoline competition trophy. Well done everyone. Next week it is our family craft event on Wednesday 15th from 2pm. Don't worry if you have more than one child in school we have a number of areas where you can complete the craft activity together as a family. On Friday 17th it is Children in Need day with a 'Do your thing' theme, the children can wear non-uniform for a £1 donation to the charity. See you Wednesday!
It has been a fantastic week at Waverley. It began with Early Years having their own Halloween Fancy Dress Day (see photos on class pages) followed by the Halloween Disco for the rest of school, as usual the costumes and make-up were truly amazing! (See pictures on Latest News section of the website). There has been some fantastic work as usual and the children have quickly settled into their year group classes. I have had lots of visitors with fantastic maths work. On Thursday night I was proud to support our Waverley football team in the Duffy League Newcastle school cup. We lost the first game to Hilton but won the second game against St. Marks with some super goals from Ethan and Kyle, it was Kit-Kats and Juice as our after match treat, we currently remain 3rd in the League on 9 points with the leaders on 12, next matches are in 2018. On Friday I had a real treat when I joined Year 5 and 6 for their Dragons Den inspired homework presentations. I was amazed by the many fantastic ideas from the 'Day to Night' shoe, 'Born Ready' pyjamas to the SSVH safety driving hat and for those of you who are particularly scared of spiders calling in 'SCS' will be a must! Thank you children and parents, (see latest news and class pages for the pictures). This week school attendance has hit National Average and we had our first half termly prize draw there were two £5 Intu vouchers up for grabs for the children and a 'family hamper courtesy of Vision for Education - see the photos below for winners. Next week a reminder that Year 5 and 6 are visiting Darlington Railway Museum on Tuesday and children are allowed to arrive at school from 8.30 to be registered so that they are away from school promptly for the trip. Also on Wednesday it is school photograph day (children individually and with siblings who are in school). Our annual Book Fair will also be taking place every night after school, so as usual it is another busy week.
Autumn Term 2017 (First Half)
Thank you to so many of you who attended Parents Evening this week. We are busy collating the responses from the Parent View Questionnaire and will share the outcome of this next half term. A reminder that Monday 30th is a Training Day and we will see everyone on October 31st. Reception can come to school wearing their Halloween costume for a day of spooky fun in Early Years. The rest of school it will be uniform as normal and costumes galore in the evening for our Halloween Disco night. I heard some great poem raps from Year 6 this week which we then shared with the whole school. I particularly loved the beat boxing, 'Brothers' and 'Who do you want to be?', I noticed Head teacher wasn't on the list of jobs!
Hopefully tonight the children will have come home from school full of excitement about our new 'Attendance Heroes' initiative. This is a reward system for children who attend school daily and on time. On a weekly basis children who attend school daily and on time will be allowed to select a treat at the end of the week from Mrs Leeming's attendance hero shop, for example key rings and slime. Children who attend school on time and daily for a full half term will get to select a treat from the next shop level, for example a Fidget spinner, Squashems, Hatchimal collectable. At the end of a term children who attend school daily and arrive on time will receive a final treat, for example a trip to the cinema. Finally any children who achieve a full year of 100% attendance and on time (this was 36 children last year) they will receive an extra special trip, for example Beamish Museum. We aren't forgetting parents either and 'Vision' for Education supply teaching agency will be providing half termly hamper wins for parents drawn from the hat and a termly voucher for parents also drawn from the hat. There will also be a reward from Vision for the pupil with the most improved attendance. Finally at the end of the academic year there will be a prize draw between schools in the city with Vision to win a prize such as an I-pad mini. We are starting this week for the weekly prizes and will back date to September any for the first half term. Thank you to the Year 5 and 6 school councillors who helped with picking what the first layer of shop treats will be. Get those alarm clocks ready.
Other news. This week we have had a very exciting maths event for children in KS2 where they had to solve the mathematical problems and win crystals, everyone had a fantastic time and the photos will be going onto the Latest News section of the school website. This afternoon Mrs Sample and I popped down to Sugley Church to display the 'Autumn Thoughts' creation for Sugley Church flower festival. The Church is open all weekend and some children will be visiting Church early next week. Whilst England and Slovenia play football this evening my thoughts have been with the Waverley football team who had their first games of the season at Walbottle Campus as part of the Duffy League Football competition. I can't wait to hear how they got on in the morning.
It is always exciting to hear about what the children are doing outside of school and our Monday assembly was filled with football, dance and swimming awards. We were very excited to hear about two of our children getting to meet Tim Peake the astronaut, back on planet Waverley our new school councillors were given their badges and have taken on their new role with plenty of ideas for all of the children. Our garden has harvested some bumper vegetables this year and I would like to thank the parents who helped Mr Roberts and the children on a Monday lunch time, our cook is running out of ideas for marrows. It was great to see so many of you signing up and joining Mrs Douse and Mr Lamb for the first Friends of Waverly meeting. Many of the Year 6 children have been telling me about their visit to Walbottle Campus for their open evening and how much they enjoyed the visit. Some great work from Mr Roberts class this week linked to their text 'Stig of the Dump'. We have lots happening next week but I shall not spoil the fun...
Shiver me timbers, it was talk like a pirate day in school on Tuesday and there was plenty of fun to be seen around school. Mrs Miller did a super job of organising this day for everyone. I was sad to be out of school as I had been polishing up my best pirate phrases.
This week children in each class have been discussing with their peers why they would like to be a school councillor. On Thursday we will be announcing who has been voted into these roles so that their work can begin. On Tuesday our Ofsted report was published and there is both a letter and a link on the Ofsted page of the school website, there is an opportunity on Thursday and again in a couple of weeks time to chat with us about this (see Calendar page of website). It will soon be time for Year 6 parents to apply to a secondary school for their child and there are a number of open events at many of our feeder schools (see Calendar page of website).
Welcome back. It has been lovely catching up with all of the children this week. On Tuesday I visited every class to welcome all the children and to see them in their new classroom with their new teachers. The children looked so smart in their uniforms and there was a lot of excited chatter as we all caught up on each others holiday news. It was nice to see some new children join our school and as always how quickly they have settled and made friends. Over the Summer our school garden has been in full bloom and our sunflowers have grown to a huge height. We have grown a giant marrow which would surely win a prize at an allotment show. Already I have been visited by a number of children to see their early writing efforts in their new year group.
As always we have lots of exciting events planned across the year. For parents of Year 5 and 6 children many of our feeder secondary schools are hosting open events in September so please check the calendar page.
Welcome everyone to our new look website and school logo. Why change? After six years our previous website was not keeping pace with technological advancement. Now when loading our website on phones and tablets it should fill the whole page, so no need to take time magnifying everything. As for the logo, much of our printed materials had the original gold leaf logo. A photograph had been taken of a school jumper and this was the logo used (you could even see the stitching when looking at it on banners). The Waverley staff hope you like the family friendly feel of this logo with our traditional maple leaf remaining.
Summer Term Second Half
Finally the sun is shining and our Waverley garden team have had the opportunity to harvest some of their crops. There has been some fantastic homework from Year 3 and 4 this week which I would like to display. It is Prom night on Wednesday evening for Year 6 (photos to appear on latest news). Thanks to the children, parents and staff for an amazing year packed with fantastic opportunities. Good luck to the Year 6 children who are moving on to a large number of secondary schools and to those children who are moving on to new Primary schools, Thanks to the many temporary support staff and Miss Hands who will be leaving us at the end of this week and finally to Mrs Dalkin who began at Waverley as my job share partner seven years ago and who is moving on to pastures new. Good Luck and many thanks to you all for the commitment and dedication you have given to Waverley.
It was another busy week at Waverley and a week to be proud of the children as they represented the school at so many events. On Tuesday afternoon some of our Year 3 and 4 children sang at the Civic Centre as part of the British Citizenship Ceremony. The staff found it a moving and humbling experience. Next on Wednesday afternoon our Year 4 children took part in a Rugby tournament linked to the 'Sky Try' Rugby that Mr Brown has been delivering as part of the Waverley PE curriculum on a Friday afternoon. The children won 5 out of 7 matches and drew the other 2 matches - a fantastic result. The children were a credit to the school and behaviour was impeccable. Photos on Mrs McGovern's web page. Finally our Year 5 and 6 children performed 'The Jungle Book' to their parents and a host of visitors from within the Waverley community. The children worked with staff to produce the amazing scenery, some of the children choreographed dance routines and ad-libbed their lines. Photos will be placed on latest news. Fantastic fun at Waverley.
Week 5 - Waverely Primary School will be inspected by Ofsted on Thursday 6th July. There is a survey open to parents and pupils follow Ofsted link on school website.
This week our Upper Key Stage 2 children are focused on their big end of year production 'The Jungle Book' Everyone is pulling together from singing to dance routines to props and art work, thank goodness for our work experience students from Walbottle, Sacred Heart and Studio West. School remains a hive of activity as always. Some super work this week already.
Many of you will be aware that I spent last week at the Isle of Wight with thirty of our Year 6 children. Despite appalling weather the children were in great spirits, they never complained once and staff received regular complements about the children both from staff at the places we visited and members of the public. This was such an exciting trip we had a long coach journey, followed by our ferry crossing. The children loved getting their own chalet and couldn't wait to unpack. It is impossible for me to share the many memories we created together and the latest news section of the website will have a more detailed account of each day. We did fossil hunting with a palaeontologist, rode the roller-coaster at Blackgang and the chairlift at Alum Bay, we had a swimming pool night and a last night disco, we had an educational workshop at Osborne House. Children and staff you were fantastic, thank you for the most incredible trip I have experienced in 21 years of teaching.
It has been a week of achievements at Waverley from Rugby trophies to River Tyne Acrostic Poems to French Shopping Lists for a school picnic to sci-fi spaceships. Our Read, Write, Inc Programme continues to show success with some delightful reading from a Reception pupil. Well Done all of you and a final congratulations to Miss Broderick who was awarded her NPQML qualification at a ceremony on Wednesday evening. Finally to Mr Noble who achieved his teaching standards.
Thank you to all of the Parents who attended the Kidscape Bullying workshop this week. I hope you found it useful, further information is available on the school or Kidscape website and I look forward to continuing our work with this group over the next twelve months. Our Year 1 children have been working hard on the Phonic reading test today and these will continue this week. It was round 2 for the Year 6 Leavers photo and this time I have been assured we have the one. We had plenty of laughs and carrying on yet again. I can't wait to see the finished article. Cookery Club was fun this week. Take a group of girls, give the same ingredients and instructions and get completely different outcomes (see below).
Welcome back everyone. On Tuesday the exciting plans for the Year 6 trip at the end of June to the Isle of Wight was shared with parents. This trip is crammed full of fantastic educational experiences for the children and we all can't wait to go. On Wednesday our Nursery was closed for the day so we could meet the children and parents who will be joining us in September. It was a great opportunity for the children to meet some new friends and also to see which friends would be joining their class from the various child care providers near by. Higher up school our Year 5 and 6 children took part in workshops with the NSPCC and the first ever cookery club began, with us all covered in icing sugar amidst lots of laughing. We are delighted to be running 'Sky try' Rugby League in conjunction with Newcastle Falcons and our Year 4 children were the first to give this a go on Friday. I hope many of you can make the anti-bullying workshop on Monday 12th June at 2pm with the charity Kidscape. Bullying and supporting your child through friendship fall outs are amongst the topics covered. We will be meeting in the Gym. See you there all welcome.
Summer Term First Half
Another busy week at Waverley. We had an informative assembly from the NSPCC as part of their 'Speak Out, Stay Safe' assembly. In KS1 (years 1 and 2) they had a scooter treat. On Friday we had our free day of Sport from Premier Sport. If you remember we won this back in Autumn term for the most Golden Miles ran by the school over a 4 week period in competition with our OWL partner schools. Year 3,4,5 and 6 did Archery and Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 had a turn at Curling. Visitors from around school to my office this week have included Nursery children who are recognising letter sounds from our newly introduced Read, Write, Inc. Reception children who have been working hard on their fine motor letter writing. A year 2 pupil who made a very creative sandwich, some amazing watercolour art from year 5 girls and a totally brilliant piece of creative sci-fi writing from a year 6 pupil. Thank you children, parents and staff for all of the hard work which makes Waverley such a great place to be.
A big dip in attendance right back down to 94% despite some fantastic events for the children this week. Monday began with the traditional year 6 ice cream van visit. I would like to thank Vision supply teacher agency for this treat for the children. Around school it remained busy I have observed Mrs Sample's class performing a 'Haka' as part of their PE, there were some very scary expressions. Mr Garrod's class had appealed to both myself and Mrs Douse for a set of books called 'Dark mouth' earlier on in the academic year and I have seen some fantastic writing from this class in relation to this text. Mrs Darby from our Governing Body joined in the fun in Early Years on Monday whilst Year 2 children began their SATs tests. I was fortunate on Thursday to join Year 3 and 4 on their River Tyne Cruise as part of their next block of work. The weather stayed dry and the Tyne was like a pond making it even more pleasurable. The trip could not have started any more exciting with people waving us off from the Quayside the Gateshead Millennium Bridge began to open and right on cue a helicopter rose up from the Gateshead side of the Tyne, looped around us all twice and then swooped low over the Millennium Bridge. We were assured that had never happened before, it was fantastic. We all learnt some amazing facts and the fresh air certainly made us hungry. I can't wait to see the work the year group now produce. Mrs Douse, myself and Mr Lamb (from the Governing Body) will be trying to resurrect a school / parent fundraising group ready for September. If you are interested in being part of this please leave your name at the office.
Week 3 - ATTENDANCE AT 97% FOR THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW - FANTASTIC. CAN WE MAKE IT A HAT TRICK?
It is a particularly busy and intense week this week for our Year 6 children as they undertake the KS2 SATs test. What is expected of children of this age is quite incredible and we do our best as a school to keep this pressure away from the year 6 children. The rest of school have their part to play as they move quietly around the building. Whilst Rosemary and Lavender have sold out of the shops our very own Mrs Lynch has kept Year 6 supplied with a supply from her own garden. Thanks to Warburton's Bakers who have kindly donated an array of bread products and the children have had waitress service breakfast from the staff. With two further mornings of tests to go I have been proud of how calm and level headed the children have been. They have given their best so far and we cannot ask more than that of them. Well done.
This week as many of our Smart boards begin to fade and break on us we have excitedly had 3 interactive screens fitted in Nursery, Reception and Year 2. We hope some future plans we have for fundraising shall mean we will be able to work on installing these throughout school over the next few years.
On Monday 12th June at 2pm Kidscape the anti-bullying charity that worked with year 5 and 6 pupils will be coming to school to deliver a parent workshop for parents of children in all classes and year groups. The content covers a wide variety of issues that concern children and I am sure you will find this of great interest.
I have seen some great work from Year 1 this week with Read, Write, Inc and the children answering some simple comprehension questions about their reading books. I look forward to more visitors to my office the rest of the week.
Week 2 - YOU DID IT! WE ACHIEVED AN ATTENDANCE OF 97.2% THIS WEEK THE HIGHEST EVER. THANK YOU.
Whilst a shorter week because of the May Bank Holiday it was no less busy in school. It began with Mrs Dalkin and Mr Garrord delivering a whole school assembly about Mathletics and how it can be accessed at home and school. The staff have given it a special focus in their computing lessons this week so that the younger children in school are familiar with how to use it. Mathletics can be ran from a lap top and tablet. The children have their own log in and these shall be distributed to parents shortly. Fidget spinners have been the discussion point amongst the children this week , as a school we have not banned them but explained to children what they were designed for and kept it as a gadget specific for those children who need it. Wednesday it was the Year 6 leavers photograph which turned out to be more eventful that the other class photo shoots. I am sure the children in Year 6 will elaborate if you ask them. On Thursday the school bade a fond farewell to Father Alun from Sugley Church whilst I was at a meeting that day Mrs Sample (Assistant Head) assured me the school tribute to him went well. We would like to thank him not just his work with Waverley as a priest but also the history work that he was so passionate about and the team teaching he did with Year 5 and 6 staff on this topic. I always like to hear of pupil achievements outside of school and as the football season draws to a close presentation evenings and position in league tables are finalised. This pupil was one of many who have either shown trophies in our Friday achiever assembly or have been to see me personally. Congratulations.
Welcome back everyone. Please see latest news section of the website for an update on Broomley Grange Day 1. All is well so far.
Broomley Grange Day 2 - this morning the children are all well and happy.
Broomley Grange Day 2 - I have had a fantastic day up at Broomley today, I joined the children as they were all polishing off their cooked breakfasts before heading out on activities including a climbing wall, 'Jacob's ladder' and crate stacking followed by lunch of sandwiches, home made sausage rolls, crisps, yoghurts and of course birthday cake. It was back outside for zip wire, obstacle course and high wire. Then back in for Sunday dinner now named Thursday dinner. Finishing off with fire lighting, toasted marshmallows and camp fire singing. At 9pm the children went inside for showers before hot chocolate and bed. They were all in good spirits all day and had planned which room the party would be in tonight! However, I think they may be too exhausted. We have lots of photos, too many for the website we will collate them this weekend ready for discs later next week. I'm back in school tomorrow after a terrific day. Read more on latest news. Thanks Children, Staff and Broomley team.
Spring Term Second Half
We have packed so much into this week. It began with year 3 and 4 Ancient Egyptian Performances for Parents. I was fortunate to see the dress rehearsal on Friday and was amazed at how the children have increased in confidence in such a short space of time.
On Tuesday we held our Easter Service at school with Father Alun, which ended with the painted egg award. The standard as always was exceptionally high and this competition remains a firm favourite with the children. Over the years someone has always depicted the head teacher as an egg, so this year I was thrilled to join that 'hall of fame' thanks Sofia!
Later on Tuesday we held our Easter egg raffle prize draw, it was great to see so many winners across all the year groups. That night our Easter Discos took place with Mr Thoburn coming back to DJ for us.
On Wednesday we took part in another Outer West Learning Trust sports competition this time it was Archery. Our final round was by far the best but the scores were still not high enough to move us higher than fourth place, the children did enjoy it despite coming back with no trophies this time.
The children remain as keen as ever to show me their fantastic work this week, from nursery letter formation to reception writing or swimming achievements outside of school. Well Done!
Thank you to you all for your support this term, we look forward to seeing you at Parent Consultation Day on Friday. Have a happy Easter break.
Firstly I would like to apologise to our Nursery parents, I did not make the decision lightly to close Nursery for the children. Over the course of the weekend we had a burst or leak from an upstairs boiler which had brought part of the ceiling down. Water was raining down and we needed industrial driers and an army of staff to clean up.
Can I remind you that it is class photograph day on Wednesday 28th March, we shall be photographing Leavers in Year 6 on another day to be arranged due to the increase in pupil numbers and class sizes across school.
Yesterday we invited the parents of our year 2 children to a meeting about the SATs tests. Miss Clarke has produced an informative sheet to help you support your child with their learning at home. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask (hopefully we will see you all at Parents Consultation Day next Friday).
Today, Mrs Tinning (Chair of Governors), Mr Lamb and Mr Corby (Governors) and I were delighted to join Mrs Dalkin's class who turned the gym into a museum for the afternoon. Many of you joined us and I am sure you will have all been impressed by the enthusiasm, hard work and commitment from the children. They have loved this topic. The class received some very kind donations and they will get to spend this as a class on themselves. Well Done.
Tomorrow during the school day the Nurse is coming to see Year 4 and on the evening we have some children from our Year 1 and 2 multi-skills club at a sports competition at Walbottle Campus so I will let you know how we get on. Is it really only Tuesday?
Waverley is busy as usual and Mrs Miller launched the week with an assembly about Shakespeare. It was Shakespeare week and many of the classes were learning more about him and his work. I was delighted to see some fantastic facts from the Year 1 and 2 children about him. We ended the week with an assembly to celebrate comic relief by wearing red noses. We all talked slightly funny as they pinched our noses.
At the end of last week I had the opportunity to visit Studio West School. This secondary school certainly had the feel of a primary school. Class sizes are relatively small, rooms have a primary classroom look with children's work displayed. The school takes a similar literature works style of delivery to the curriculum as Waverley. The nurture and pastoral care was evident. Being small (the same size as Waverley) every staff member knew every pupil, it certainly had a family feel. All of the core GCSE options were available along with others that have been most popular with the students over time. Business partners were working alongside the school offering both apprenticeship and work experience opportunities for children who already know where their talents lie and what they want to pursue in the future. Two students who want to study medicine were working alongside the University medical school gaining experience. Large banners on one of the corridors give a flavour of the successful careers past students now have of which the staff are immensely proud. Duke of Edinburgh award is standard for every child. This secondary school on our doorstep certainly isn't a school to write off for those of you looking at future options. Children from Waverley move to many feeder secondary schools now and 98% have the school of their choice. The way this school is working may be too advanced for the educational stalwarts of old whilst acclaimed by the DFE it is less popular with Ofsted but with results at GCSE above the National it certainly is worthy of a visit. Next stop I hope to visit the Discovery School so that I have a full picture of what all our local secondary schools can offer you.
It is National Science week this week and as you will see from class web pages (and the very messy uniforms) our children have been experiencing a lot of practical experiments. From gloop with Mr Noble (the carpet being a casualty of this) and lava lamps in Early years, everyone has been having a great time. I can't wait to hear about the famous scientists that each phase has been learning about in our school assembly on Friday.
On a more serious note we have welcomed Kidscape the anti-bullying charity into school. They have ran workshops for our year 5 and 6 children. This has been an extension to our PSHE curriculum. There is further information about this charity on the school website and the support they can offer to children and parents. I sat in on a session and was proud of how seriously the children took this. Four main types of bullying were discussed verbal, physical, emotional and cyber. Children learnt about the difference between bullying and teasing and coping with friendship fall outs. Kidscape have offered the opportunity to school for a one off parent workshop. I shall share more details when I receive a date for this. I think you will find it interesting, thought provoking and will help everyone with practical support should you find your child in this situation.
This week at Waverley our Year 4 and Year 6 children have completed a confidential online survey about their health and wellbeing. The information is collated across the schools in the city who take part and Waverley also receives a school analysis. I hope to use the information from this to further adapt our PSHE curriculum to the needs of our children. Father Allun has returned to year 5 and 6 to work with them on the Anglo Saxons, he has announced to his Parish at Sugley that he will be leaving for a new Parish in Cambridge in May. We will certainly miss him and his input into our History and Religious Studies at Waverley. There has been much fun today in Mrs Miller's Year 3 and 4 maths set with some doughnut maths - delicious. Finally we like to celebrate children from Waverley who achieve outside of school. Last weekend Jake was the under-30kgs gold medal winner for Judo at the North East Grand Prix. Congratulations. Just to finish off the week one of our children had baked a toblerone cheesecake, fantastic Friday!
The school year seems to be flying past and this week we have held our Year 6 SATs test parent information meeting. The first signs of Spring are beginning to show and Mr Roberts has taken the Reception class out on their Forest School adventures. In Year 1 and 2 there has been pancake making, flipping and tasting for Shrove Tuesday. On Wednesday Father Alun visited Year 5 and 6 to deliver religious education lessons on Ash Wednesday. Today has been World Book Day and we have had a huge array of characters, from Pirates walking the plank, to Superheroes keeping school safe to Burglar Bill, we all think he stole the Queen of Hearts jam tarts. As always we have all enjoyed sharing the fantastic costumes from simple to elaborate ideas. Have a look at our class pages to see how much fun we have been having in school or perhaps not if you are in year 3 and 4 with semolina, latin lessons, detention and chilblains this week.
Spring Term First Half
For the final day of this half term we called in the superheroes (see Reception class pages). Mary Berry Leeming gave her final judgement on honey cake for this half term and two older children visited with their French translation.
Robinwood photographs taken by school will be placed onto disc to be purchased for a small price to cover costs as we were all disappointed that cameras were not allowed as of this year.
ROBINWOOD RESIDENTIAL DAY 2 - We have received no updates from our staff up at Robinwood. All will be well with the children busy on their outdoor pursuits. Home tomorrow we will keep you up to date with arrival time via text alerts.
ROBINWOOD RESIDENTIAL UPDATE DAY 1 - The children arrived safe and sound up at Alston. The 20 minute hike into the centre went well and the weather conditions were not as poor as we all expected. The children then stopped off for lunch, got bags settled into rooms and then ventured out for their first activity. All was well. Mr Roberts will ring in tomorrow from Robinwood Centre for the next update.
We are always proud to hear of our children's achievements outside of school. Today we had Level 6 gymnastics, 200m swimming certificate and a number of Irish dancing trophies and medals from the weekend. Well Done. I have been teaching up in Year 5 and 6 this afternoon, I was impressed by their knowledge of Durham Cathedral following last weeks visit.
WE CANNOT BELIEVE IT, WE WON! WELL DONE THE SMALL BUT BRILLIANT FENCING TEAM TONIGHT. We are so excited we cannot believe we won overall against so many schools and teams. One of our pupils also received the best player of the tournament. To come away with 2 trophies is amazing. Well Done a treat will be arriving on Thursday.
A week to be proud! This week our Year 5 and 6 children visited Durham Cathedral (see class pages). The feedback from all who saw and were working with the children was positive. Well Done. After school this week our teaching staff have opened up school to their Outer West Learning Trust colleagues. There is a super range of curriculum subjects and an array of work on view as you walk around school. It was the final matches of the Duffy League Season on a freezing cold night and despite a huge effort from the full team we were beaten. Our team took the defeat well demonstrating true sportsmanship. Thank you children and parents who have supported all season. Other things this week: more Ancient Egyptian homework, happy hands, French questions and art work in the style of Antony Gormley.
National Storytelling Week is here. There have been some additional reading opportunities this week. Our older children have been rehearsing and performing stories to orally re-tell to the younger children in the school starting with a story mapping technique building up to a re-tell from memory, I was impressed (no more excuses for forgetting homework and PE kits). Our classes will be taking a turn in the tipi for tipi tales. I have listened to some of our younger children read during a Read, Write, Inc session and a group of Reception children came to show me their initial letter work. Our Year 1 and 2 children have completed some detailed sentences about their pets as part of their topic work. Father Alun worked with Year 3 and 4 and the children produced some heartfelt and moving prayers. Some great programming from year 2 today. Many thanks to Nursery parents who have been supporting their children with some amazing homework, our gallery leading down to the gym is filled with igloos and the rest of school have enjoyed viewing them on their way to assembly, please call in for a look at home time. A few of the Nursery children have risen to the storytelling challenge and completed some shared reading records at home. Well done. We can't wait to finish our storytelling week with a whole school reading swap.
My week began with a morning of lesson observations in our Early Years. The range of experiences that the children were given by staff and the learning environment provided was wonderful. Nursery continued with their Fire and Ice theme and Miss Broderick and team have been so overwhelmed with the response by you all to the igloo task that we now have them displayed in our gallery corridor. Reception children were learning about Chinese New Year with children tasting a range of Chinese foods. Year 3 and 4 have been continuing with their Ancient Egyptian topic. The children have been very enthusiastic and created a wide range of topic related objects and information, these are displayed in classrooms, corridors and will move into our Gallery corridor. Children in Year 1 and 2 have been keen to show me the progress they are making in their maths work. Year 5 and 6 children gave me an on the spot Grammar test and once again I have seen some super pieces of writing. As I have walked around school many children have waved their 'new' pen at me to show they have achieved their pen licence for handwriting. Finally we are always keen to hear about our children outside of school and this young lady won the first FEIS of the new season (no mean feat against tough competition), a future dance star in the making for sure. Congratulations.
Last term our attendance was on the increase. Children love school and want to be here. Thank you for supporting us with making improvements in this area. We are working hard to make our curriculum and learning as diverse and enjoyable as we can.
A school should be a place where wonderful memories are created that stay with you forever. For one lucky group of children in Mrs Sample's Year 5 and 6 maths set this was certainly the case today. I urge you all to visit her class page and see 'Astro' maths in conjunction with the Centre for Life in action! The children were in awe of this giant black inflatable igloo which was in fact a portable planetarium. When stepping inside they appeared to vanish like Dr. Who into his tardis and whilst Mrs Dalkin and I popped along to see this in action the doorway was sealed - very exciting.
Monday morning definitely time for cake, an Ancient Egyptian Honey cake! One of the 20 possible homework projects for year 3 and 4 children to choose from. I look forward to sampling some more - look out Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood the Ancient Egyptian cake bake off is here! This week ended with our Year 3 and 4 pupils completing a Springwatch with the RSPB.
Happy New Year and welcome back. It was lovely to see everyone return after the Christmas break. All of the children were eager to share what they had been doing. We talked about New Year Resolutions today in assembly and many in year 5 and 6 told me of the chores they would be doing to help around the house (paid of course)! Whilst the weather has been kind so far a cold snap is forecast for later in the week. In the event of very bad weather and school closure we would place any closure on the headteacher blog page, the latest news page and the calendar page. We would also send a text alert out which is why it is so important we have up to date mobile telephone numbers. Radio Newcastle would also be informed. Tomorrow the school council will be visiting the Lady Mayor's chambers and the silver room at the Civic Centre in a return invitation from when we hosted the Paralympic torch in the Summer.
The School Council and I had a very interesting morning at the Civic Centre with the Lord Mayor. The children were a credit to the school and we were shown the Silver room and council chambers. We saw the original keys for opening Eldon Square and the Grainger Town (market). We learnt about 'dagger coins' and were amongst the first people to see a new plaque donated by Virgin Trains to commemorate the 800th year of a Lord Mayor of Newcastle. In the council chambers we learnt about the meeting process and the traffic lights used when speaking. We were so proud to be given a badge each to act as her representatives. To celebrate this special year there is an exhibition at Newcastle city library on the 6th floor which runs to the end of January. More historical gifts that have been donated to the city can be viewed. More will follow from the children in the Spring edition of Waverley News.
An exciting end to week 1 with snow! Our Forest school children had great fun (see Mrs McGovern class page) despite the cold and the children were thrilled to keep warm around the camp fire with toasted marsh mallows and hot chocolate as well as gingerbread. There was some interesting nature spotting today and a few enthusiastic visitors arrived at my door with their 'finds'. Year 5/6 came begging this week for a class set of fiction books called 'Darkmouth' and in return I have seen their passion for this text thorugh their enthusiasm to share their knowledge of it so far and the English and art work which it is inspiring. If your child is in Mrs Sample's year 5 and 6 maths group ask them to explain 'BIDMAS' to you. Sometimes achievements whilst small to some children are a giant step for others and the whole school was thrilled that the young man below joined us for his first whole school achievers and I quote "this was the best day in my life ever".
Autumn term Second Half
Whilst it was a shorter working week it was no less busy with a round of parties and carol services. We were all delighted to see Sugley Parish Church full of Parents supporting their children and joining in with our Key Stage 2 Carol Service. The volcano topic rumbled on and we have been so impressed by the work and enthusiasm from year 3 and 4 that we have now displayed these in our Dragon Gallery corridor. Some visitors this week included Year 1 writers and as I look back at their work at the start of the year I am amazed by how much they have progressed. It was lovely that some Reception children used their time to make me a host of personalised Christmas cards. A reminder that children return to school on Monday 9th January. Hoping you all have a peaceful Christmas, see you on the 9th.
Week 7 - quite a long blog this week.
I have posted the pictures from Monday afternoon and Tuesday mornings Year 1 and 2 Christmas performance and this afternoons Reception class nativity on a slideshow under the latest news page of this website. I hope you all enjoyed the performances as much as I did.
Our basketball team worked so hard this evening (Wednesday) with many fast paced and exhausting matches played. We drew a number of our games and came fourth overall in the competition. Great Sportsmanship shown from all. The pupil below was selected as best player for our team and all who competed were invited to join Newcastle Eagles basketball club at our feeder secondary school - Walbottle Campus. Leaflets are available if any other children aged over 7 are interested. Well Done.
Other news so far this week, Father Allan has been into school to make a Christingle (Tuesday) with the Year 5 and 6 children. Mrs Selkirk has been making some decorations with a range of children specially chosen by staff from across school and I was visited by some year 3 and 4 children who have been proud of their volcano project work and waiting to show it to me.
Father Allan returned to school on Friday and delivered a special Christmas 'Nativity' themed assembly to the reception, year 1 and year 2 classes. They asked a lot of interesting questions at the end especially regarding King Herod. Mrs Armitage, her class and parents walked to the local postbox to send a letter they had written to Santa Claus and Mrs Sample took thirty children to sing Carols at the local old peoples home. We have had art in the style of 'Banksy', letters to a pen-pal about ourselves written in French which the children readand a wonderful Christmas Kind list in RE. On Saturday evening many of us attended the Carols and Reading Service at Sugley Church with Father Allan and members of the community. I was extremely proud of how many of you took the time from your busy Saturday evening at this time of year to join us. The readers were fantastic and the singing angelic. Other than all of the above many classes began their Christmas parties. If you can't keep up keep checking the calendar page.
This week we welcomed many of our Early Years parents to their child's Christmas Craft day. It was wonderful to see how many of you came along to cut, stick and glitter. The children created some wonderful crafts my personal favourite being 'Do you want to build a Snowman' a clever spin on Olaf from Frozen. My achiever for this week was quite a large group of children from across school who try to make lunchtime happy and fun for our younger children. Our playground leaders, Reception helpers and buddies. This week I have observed this large group of children talking to, looking after, organising and playing a wide variety of playground games and fun was had by those children who joined in. Many thanks to all of you children.
This week at Waverley...Blue Peter Badges, Gymnastic competitions, Governor/Staff 'speed meeting', Advent assembly with Father Allan, Upper and Lower Key Stage 2 Christmas Crafts, Cupcake sale, sparkly tinsel and bauble fundraising, the arrival of a Christmas tree and a special gift from the children of Cuba Kids club. Finally the dissection of a flower in Science as part of our lesson observations this week. Take a look at the teacher page for your child's class. It has been another busy week with lots more events in the next 3 weeks. Keep checking the calendar for important dates this month. Attendance has improved significantly this week. Many thanks.
There has been the most delightful aroma as I have passed Early Years classrooms this week. Gingerbread men, toast, Christmas puddings. The Reception class pages (Mrs Leadbeater and Miss Anderson) show what fun experiences the children have had as they continue their learning journey. Why was school never like that when I was 5?
It has been wonderful to have excellent feedback from our friends at the Hindu temple, regarding our pupil behaviour, manners and their knowledge about Hinduism. Visit the year 3 and 4 class pages of Mrs McGovern, Mrs Dalkin and Mrs Miller to see our children and their experience of other world faiths.
I have had many pupils visit me to show work where they have excelled their own thoughts and capabilities. I was particularly struck by one boys talented piece of writing, it was gripping and could have been penned by any established author. Speaking of authors I am delighted to inform you that we have a group of children in Year 3 and 4 who are going to have their work published in a book. More news on this to follow in the coming weeks.
Thank you children for your fantastic effort with work, behaviour and friendships. I have a surprise arriving for you all this week.
This week we have had our Achievement partner from the Local Authority observe maths lessons across the school and full feedback shall be given to the Governing Body on the 29th November. Myself and the staff continue to work hard towards a successful outcome for this school community that we are so passionate about and we will continue to put ourselves under rigorous scrutiny. May I ask that as parents you support us by improving attendance and punctuality at school, we will be judged by Ofsted on this matter and currently this aspect of school is at 'Requires Improvement' based upon Government standards.
I am pleased to inform you that Mrs Sample and I have found a suitable replacement to Mrs McGettrick when she commences her maternity leave at the end of December. Once contracts are signed I shall let you know more.
I hope you all saw Waverley school in the Citylife newspaper this month. We feature in the centre pages about a year in the life of the Lady Mayoress following her visit to Waverley with the Paralympic torch in the Summer. She was so impressed with the children that she has invited a group of them to visit her at the Civic Centre in January 2017.
Our football team won both matches on Monday night against St. Marks and St. John Vianney schools. There were some spectacular goals scored. Other highlights this week included Premier Sports staff delivering a special assembly to those children who have achieved their 150 mile certificate. These seven children will be entered into the Golden Mile Hall of Fame. Fundraising continued this week with school filled with Blush and Pudsey Bears for 'Children in Need'.
I have been so proud of the children's response to the Royal British Legion poppy appeal. On Wednesday we had sold out of everything. Our Year 6 children who designed the promotional posters were our sellers for the week and I will be interested to hear in the future what we as a school raised. On Friday we held our two minute silence out on the yard with staff including our caretaking and kitchen teams.
Zoolab visited Year 5 and 6 (see class pages) with a host of creepy crawlies. The giant millipede felt like soft Velcro being pulled over your hand.
I have once again been visited by many of the children with their work. Beautiful Rangoli patterns from year 3 and 4 as part of their Hinduism work. I have seen pupils who were challenged by short multiplication in maths. I particularly enjoyed the clever 'working' volcano that arrived at my office. Genius idea! Year 5 and 6 also arrived with some map work following on from Forest school. Year 1 and 2 made their own firework picture using computer software. A Nessy challenge was completed.
Finally many of you came to view and purchase a wide range of books at our Book Fair. Any money raised will be spent towards Non-fiction texts for the children.
Thank you to all of the Parents who completed the Parent Questionnaire on our Parent Consultation Evenings we had 112 responses. I hope that during the course of this academic year you see our response to the workshops offered. For a breakdown of the questionnaire and the percentage responses, please see the Latest news section of the website.
Although a shorter week due to our teacher training day on Monday it was no less action packed this week. I have seen some great pieces of holiday homework and have particularly enjoyed reading through the Year 6 projects about the Isle of Wight (our Summer residential trip in 2017). Perhaps we will bump into Alan Titchmarsh or Sharon Osbourne. I particularly loved the new Waverley logo in Autumn leaves from a young man in Year 2 (see picture below). There were some detailed diaries about the week from Year 1 and 2 children. We all agreed how much we enjoyed 'Trolls'.
It was Halloween disco time again and the costumes and makeup were absolutely AMAZING! Thank you for supporting this and the huge effort you all went to at home. Apologies about the traffic, I am working on a solution to this for the next time. The Early disco came first for your younger pupils:
In assembly we learnt about firework safety with Tyne and Wear fire brigade. Some curriculum work in Year 1 and 2 was related to bonfire night and the story of the Gunpowder plot. The children made their own firework pictures using a range of mediums.
We ended the week with achievers assembly and had some improvement in our attendance figures (see attendance section of the website for the results, they will be posted there weekly).
Autumn term First Half
The last six weeks have been packed with opportunities and this final week of the first half term was no different. Thank you to so many of you who attended Parents Evening on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night. A large number of parents completed an annual questionnaire and I am busy collating the results these will be posted on the website soon.
Other events this week included a Dodgeball competition with our fellow Trust schools. It was fierce and fast play. The team fought back from last place to achieve a well deserved second place with Newburn first and Westerhope third. They did this through showing resilience, determination and hope and I was extremely excited and proud of the whole group. Congratulations should also go to one of the pupils who was awarded player of the tournament, as decided by all Premier coaches.
Week 6 - Maths Week
Is it really only Tuesday? I can't believe all the things I have seen or done around school this week so far. Monday morning began with Mrs Dalkin launching our whole school maths week in a special assembly. One of our Year 6 pupils competed against Mrs Sample our maths whizz in a head to head competition. Who won the Dairy Milk? Ask any of the children.
Later that evening it was round 2 of the Duffy League Football Competition and it was an opportunity for the other half of Tuesday evening football club to play. Unfortunately the competition was tough and despite brave tackles, and outstanding defending we suffered heavy losses in both games. Our captain kept us motivated and our spirits were still high. We will be more than ready for round 3 in November. Results:
Waverley 0 West Denton 7
Waverley 0 Knop Law 4
It is always wonderful to get interrupted from my work by children coming proudly to show me their efforts. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the persuasive pieces the children had written about a gadget for a spy and by the end I just wanted the gadget - even though I am not a spy. The lipstick gadget was most interesting and had lots of amazing features but unfortunately for me a key fact was missing, the range of shades it was available in. We did laugh at the colour combinations we then came up with. I'm sure every parent who completes the school run would be interested in the rocket pack, it just needs a side-car so we could drop the children off en-route. Well done children I know your parents will enjoy reading these pieces at our Parents Evening on Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October.
Two beautiful parrots popped along and I hear monkeys are coming next...
Week 4 - What a busy Monday
Monday began with having the pleasure of teaching in Reception class. I was so impressed by the children's knowledge of initial letters already. During assembly we presented our newly appointed school councillors with their badges and discovered the reasons they were selected by their peers (see display in the main entrance). We showed the school our new football strip for our Duffy League matches and finally we spoke with a pupil who is passionate about the local Dene. This Year 2 boy is going to work with the whole school and Mr Roberts in his campaign with the council to tidy up and mend Sugley Dene. The day finished for me with matches at our secondary feeder school Walbottle Campus where we commenced our Duffy League campaign. There are 10 teams from the west side of the city competing between now and February. Here are our results:
Match 1 - Waverley v' Westerhope Result 1:1 (draw) Goal scorer for Waverley Aaron
Match 2 - Waverley v' Farne Result 3:1 (loss for Waverley) Goal scorer Owen (with a tremendous goal)
Match 3 - Waverley v' Broadwood Result 5:1 (win for Waverley) Goal scorers (I lost track in the excitement)
We all left in very high spirits. See you all for a Kit-Kat and juice in the morning.
It has been an extremely busy first week for us all. As I have moved around school I have been thrilled to see how bright, eyed, happy and settled the children are. It is as if we have never been off for six weeks. I am so excited to be the new Headteacher of this wonderful school which has seen my own career and roles evolve over the last twenty years.
We were unable in the first week to place anything on the old website due to the launch of this one but hopefully from now you should see regular information appearing on the class pages and on this my blog page.
Our Year 5 and 6 pupils had their first taste of outdoor learning as they harvested our school garden.
A nice juicy reward after all of the hard work.
This week saw our first set of achievers.
Our new homework incentive scheme was launched for years 3/4/5/6. Good luck children 12 weeks of hard work will reap you an individual reward by Christmas.
Congratulations to all of the staff and children who took part in this years Junior and Great North Run. Keep up the Golden Mile running in preparation for next year.
The focus for class, phase and whole school assembly were around school councillors, their role and what would make a good school councillor. Voting took place on Friday with class choices announced during our Friday achievers assembly. Our children are always very astute when making their choices for pupils in these responsible roles. Congratulations to you all. You shall be working closely with Mrs Miller, myself and the Governing Body this academic year.
We were disappointed to hear this week that we were not successful in a Grant application bid that we had to develop the school bushes into an exciting labyrinth for the children to play in, however we will keep pursuing other avenues. This week I have shown a number of people around school from prospective parents to head teachers all of whom have been impressed by what they have seen. This weekend I have bought new football strips ready for our first set of Duffy League Matches which begin on Monday at 4pm at Walbottle Campus. Parents and Governors are more than welcome to come and watch. Many children keep stopping me in the corridor to tell me they have completed their homework for the week, I am excited to see how many children achieve this personal challenge. Fingers crossed completing homework is getting easier for you all. Our Governing Body meet for the first time this term on Tuesday evening so if as parents you have anything you would like addressed please seek out Mr Lamb, Mrs Slater, Mr Corby or send an email to our admin addressed for Angela Tinning (Chair of Governors).